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Vol. 21 No. 1 Fall 2012

Kathryn McCain

Alumna lends her talent and time to lead UNB’s Board of Governors

Also Inside UNB’s Role in Building a Better New Brunswick Remembering Tom Condon

Reconnect to Fredericton “Fredericton will always be in my heart.”

John van Trijp

Utrecht, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Winner of Fredericton Ambassador Award 2012

One of Canada’s Top 10 Best Places to Live MoneySense Magazine, 2007 - 2012

One of the World’s Top 7 Intelligent Communities Intelligent Community Forum, 2008 - 2009

One of the Most Cost-Competitive Places To Do Business in the Americas KPMG Competitive Alternatives Study, 2012

8th in the World for Clean Air World Health Organization, 2011

“You don’t have to live it to still love it!” says John van Trijp. While living and working in Fredericton, John realized he could have it all – acclaimed academic and research institutions, a highly evolved ICT sector and a dynamic and innovative business community. John says Fredericton’s natural beauty and unique historic charm taught him to stop and ‘smell the roses.’ In John’s words: “In Fredericton, you have a very real sense of history rooted in the present while motivated researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs focus their energies on innovating for the future.”

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On board with Kathryn McCain: Alumna lends her talent and time to lead UNB’s Board of Governors

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183rd Encaenia

Building a better province

Tom Condon memorial

Royals visit UNB Saint John

Eddy Campbell’s focus remains fixed on the five key goals outlined in the strategic direction for the university.

Dr. Condon remembered as a man generous with his time, wisdom and passion.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla spent time touring Hazen White St. Francis School and learning about community collaborations.

More than 1,300 UNB Fredericton students graduated during the 183rd Encaenia at The Richard J. CURRIE CENTER on May 16 & 17.





ON THE COVER AND ABOVE: Kathryn McCain, chair of UNB’s Board of Governors. Lord Beaverbrook Room, Harriet Irving Library, UNB Libraries COVER PHOTO: Andrew Kelly FALL 2012 • UNB ALUMNI NEWS • 3


You can make a difference at UNB I hope everyone managed to find some time to relax and recharge this summer. As I write this, New Brunswick is enjoying a long stretch of sunny and warm weather following a spring that saw the campuses hopping with activity. I was pleased to welcome a new crop of UNB alumni at the four Encaenia ceremonies at The Richard J. CURRIE CENTER as well as our UNB Saint John grads at the Forbes Elliot Athletic Centre at Tucker Park. Keely Wallace and Brooke Yeates, members of our associated alumni council welcomed our nursing graduates from Humber College in June. Every new graduate receives our UNB alumni pin as well as the special UNB coin to carry with pride. If you would like to fly your UNB alumni pride over your home, we have beautiful UNB flags available for sale through our office. This spring the Alumni Association hosted many events across Canada and around the world. Celebrations took place in Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, and southern Ontario. Our International events took place in Dublin, Belfast as well as London where Marc Bedard and I had the pleasure of meeting and greeting fellow alumni. We really appreciate these gatherings and hope this academic year will see even more activity. Thank you for your participation and please let us know if you are willing to organize an event — large or small, we will come.


By the time you read this students will have survived orientation week and be settling into their class routines. The Alumni Association sponsored the new Memories to Make video put together by talented members of the orientation committee chaired by Joey O’Kane and Liam Guitard. This association takes great pride in partnering with student groups to promote student engagement and volunteerism. It is very gratifying to support and participate in their varied endeavors. I encourage all alumni to become involved with our students. If you want to know what is going on and how you can help, email me at We need alumni all around the globe to mentor students, champion UNB and talk about our programs. Finally, congratulations to all of our Proudly UNB award winners. Our dinner on Thursday, Sept. 27 kicks-off Homecoming and I hope to see you all sometime during that weekend. If you are unable to attend this year, please come next year. Thank you to those of you who will celebrate Homecoming with me this year, especially my fellow alumni from the Class of ’72. I encourage all alumni to make this the year that you make a significant difference at UNB. Cheers,

Heather Neilson President, Associated Alumni

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Right: 28 Bones, from Craig Davidson’s UNB MA thesis, has been made into a French-language film starring Academy Award-winning actor Marion Cotillard and directed by Oscar-nominated director Jacques Audiard.

Rust & Bone

Alumnus has thesis turned into major motion picture With a newborn by his side and a movie made from his short stories, University of New Brunswick graduate Craig Davidson (MA’03) is making a name for himself. With part of his thesis, 28 Bones, made into a movie Mr. Davidson’s dream is finally coming true. The path to success, however, was a long one. After graduating from Trent University in Ontario and teaching for a year in Japan, Mr. Davidson decided to head back to school. As his undergraduate marks were underwhelming, UNB Fredericton accepted him into its MA program on a probationary basis. “I’m a firm believer that if you just keep working, keep plugging along—just like if you put nickels in a penny bank—at some point it may just pay off. And, if it never does, well, it’s still a good way to go through life,” says Mr. Davidson. While attending UNB, Mr. Davidson was the only two-time recipient of the David H. Walker award, a $1,000 prize for the best piece of fiction. “It was fantastic to dominate my contemporaries, crush their spirit, and spend all the sweet, sweet moolah,” he says with a grin. “No, in all seriousness it was lovely and I got lucky.” One of Mr. Davidson’s stories was then published by UNB in The Fiddlehead, Canada’s oldest literary journal.

Finally making it Inspired by Mr. Davidson’s stories, director Jacques Audiard created Rust and Bone, a film that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May.


“My main thought, when he approached me about the movie, was that this is never going to happen,” says Mr. Davidson. “The book was optioned years ago; it was a long process to get it to the screen. I thought the director would get bored with the material, the producers wouldn’t cough up the money, the stars wouldn’t agree to be in it… A film’s got to leap a lot of hurdles to get made.” While his unusual story lines and themes were initially a tough sell in Canada, Mr. Davidson says it feels nice to know his films will be shown in his homeland. “It feels great to have a movie made. It’s a wonderful bit of luck. I think my writing is pretty cinematic in style, so directors can ‘see’ it more easily, hence making it adaptable to the screen.” Sony Picture Classics intends to show Rust and Bone in Canada and the United States. Mr. Davidson says his time at UNB played a role in his success. “It was integral in all that. After all, many of the stories germinated there, and lo and behold these many years later, something pretty cool came of it.”



Gymrichment, an educational after-school child care program. Built around science, leadership, entrepreneurship, arts and culture, Go-Go Gymrichment also develops children’s personal leadership and selfstarting skills. Less than two years after the launch there are nine licensed Go-Go Gymrichment programs in Fredericton and Saint John and an expectation to teach 200 children full-time next year. Ms. Hachey is a long-time recreational gymnast and loves the sport. “Our province and our country need more gymnastic programs that focus on the fun and fitness of it and I believe our programs are helping to fill that gap.” While she worked on her business model and searched for appropriate spaces to house her programs, her professors encouraged her to think outside the box. “They didn’t think setting up in just another building would win any prize for innovation, so we came up with the circus-on-wheels concept—a mobile gym–and we put our ideas on paper.”

Above: UNB alumna Kara Hachey (BBA’05, MBA’06) is having a positive impact on the fitness of New Brunswick youth with Go-Go Gymnastics, her mobile gymnastic program.

After creating a recreational gymnastics business as an entrepreneurship assignment at the University of New Brunswick in 2006, Kara Hachey (BBA’05, MBA’06) turned it into a career. Go-Go Gymnastics is a mobile recreational gymnastics club that works out of 11 New Brunswick towns and cities. It began modestly in Fredericton in an effort to empower and encourage New Brunswickers to adopt healthy lifestyles. This early success was just the beginning. In 2010 she launched Go-Go

Her time spent at UNB, specifically in the businessprogram, gave Ms. Hachey the skills necessary to run a business successfully. “It taught me how to solve problems, partner with a team, develop strategies and to work creatively with the resources at hand. Colleagues and mentors from my classes continue to help me professionally. I enjoyed tremendous support from my professors before graduation and have continued to benefit since graduation. My UNB experience continues to be incredibly valuable.”

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Associated Alumni Council Members President Heather Neilson (BPE’72) Vice-President Marc Bedard (BBA’74) Treasurer Renée Fleming (BScF’00) Secretary Brooke Yeates (BA’95) Saint John Representative David Thorne (BBA’91-SJ) Board of Governors Representatives Kevin Ferguson (BBA’92, BA’93) David Woolnough (MSc SE’70, PhD’74) Larry Hachey (BBA’87-SJ)

Councillors Rebecca Atkinson (BA’04-SJ, LLB’04) David Gorman (BBA/B.Ed.’02) Jean Anne Green (B.Ed.’91) Ryan Jacobson (BA’94) Jill Jollineau (M.Ed.’02-SJ) Maxine MacMillan (BA’90, M.Ed.’91) John Munro (B.Ed.’93, M.Ed.’02) Sacha Patino (BBA’02-SJ) Jim Simons (BA’71) Jessica Stutt (BA’08) Nehad Syed (B.Sc.’14-SJ) Mary Waddell (B.Sc.’88, B.Ed.’90, M.Ed.’95) Keely Wallace (BA’09) Chantel Whitmen (B.Sc.’12) Wayne Woodard (BA’86)

President of the Associated Alumnae Karen Taylor (BA’72, MPA’88) UNB President Dr. Eddy Campbell

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Former UNB president launches popular new book on Lord Beaverbrook Right: Former UNB president James Downey poses with his new publication Lord Beaverbrook and the Kennedys. When James Downey (LLD’91) became the 14th president and vice-chancellor of the University of New Brunswick in 1980, he knew very little about Lord Beaverbrook or his many benefactions to the university and the province of New Brunswick. But he soon became as fascinated with the “Beaver” as most UNBers. “I often found myself telling stories of Beaverbrook’s relations with New Brunswick. These are not the stories told in the biographies and essays about him written mostly by British writers. Understandably they tended to focus on Beaverbrook’s role in United Kingdom politics and business,” Dr. Downey recalls. “The story of how John and Robert Kennedy came to visit the University of New Brunswick, and why they took care to prepare and deliver superior convocation addresses, is one of the ‘Beaver’ stories that struck a chord with me. The more I pursued it the more complex and intriguing it grew.” That story is the basis for Lord Beaverbrook and the Kennedys, officially launched on May 15 in Memorial Hall on the Fredericton campus. A large crowd of alumni, former colleagues and friends were on hand for the occasion. Dick Currie, UNB’s chancellor, congratulated Dr. Downey. “You have written this book with accuracy and a real sense of fair-mindedness — you have contributed mightily to the history of this great university, the University of New Brunswick. You have written a book that will be admired by and useful to

future generations, wherever they may be. Thank you for devoting your time, your thought and your talent to producing this very special volume for our university. As chancellor I could not be more in awe or more pleased.” Published by UNB, this thoughtful and well researched book explores the complex relationship between Lord Beaverbrook and his contemporary Joseph Kennedy as it unfolded between the two world wars. Lord Beaverbrook’s chancellorship of UNB, from 1947 until his death in 1964, and their continuing friendship influenced “Jack” and “Bobby” to visit Fredericton at critical points in their careers to accept honorary degrees from the university. The convocation addresses, made in 1957 and 1967 respectively, are reproduced in full with commentary by Dr. Downey, an English scholar by education. He talks about the significance of their messages and the quality of their “rhetorical eloquence.” The book is available at the UNB bookstores in Fredericton and Saint John, on the alumni website, and by mail using the form below. Dr. Downey is a graduate of Memorial University and the University of London. He taught English literature at Carleton University in Ottawa before “falling from grace” into academic administration. He served as president of Carleton University, the University of New Brunswick (1980 to 1990), and the University of Waterloo, where he is now president emeritus. In recognition of his contributions he was awarded an honorary degree from UNB in 1991 and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1996.


UNB is proud to publish this new and interesting history by former UNB President James Downey, OC. This attractive, limited edition is an ideal gift for alumni who remember John and Robert Kennedy receiving honorary degrees from the University, who knew Lord Beaverbrook and/or who follow the lives of these prominent 20th century leaders. Use this order form to reserve your copy or follow the link at the bottom right of the Associated Alumni homepage,, to place your order electronically. Also available at the UNB Bookstores, Fredericton and Saint John.

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Your UNB Associated Alumni Council for 2012-2013 We welcome two new members to the UNB Alumni Council; Rebecca Atkinson (BA’04, LLB’07) and Wayne Woodard (BA’86). Rebecca Atkinson is a graduate of both UNB Saint John and UNB Fredericton. She lives in Saint John where she practices law. Wayne Woodard is a graduate of UNB Fredericton and lives in Halifax where he practices law with a focus on strategic planning. The Alumni Council is the representative body of UNB’s 75,000 living alumni worldwide. In partnership with the alumni office, council is responsible for establishing, maintaining and enhancing relationships with the university.

Top right: Rebecca Atkinson Bottom right: Wayne Woodard

Fall Reading Indie Film Producing

What Really Happened is This

By: Suzanne Lyons (BEd ’78)

By: Dianne Hicks Morrow (BA’67)

Indie film producer Suzanne Lyons pilots you through the actual making of low budget films to show you how easy and fun it can be.

What Really Happened is This is a poetry memoir that focuses on the ten-year journey of an adult “only child” as her beloved parents face declining health and death.

Operational-scale Carbon Budget Model of the Canadian Forest Sector (CBM-CFS3) version 1.2: user’s guide

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By Alumni: Stephen Kull (BScF ’97) Authors: Kull, S.J.; Rampley, G.J.; Morken, S.; Metsaranta, J.; Neilson, E.T.; Kurz, W.A


By: Andrew McAllister (BA’81, MCS’83) A young computer programmer who receives an emergency call from his boss at the First Malden Bank after the first successful cyber-attack in American banking history scrambles thousands of account records.

The user’s guide for the CBM-CFS3, a stand- and landscapelevel forest carbon modeling framework that can be used by forest managers and analysts to determine past and future forest carbon stocks under different management scenarios. FALL 2012 • UNB ALUMNI NEWS • 9

Overwhelming support for student anti-bullying video It gets better University of New Brunswick students are trying to show the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community that even though life may be difficult now, it does get better.

Above: Mostafa Shaker, VP, Internal, University of New Brunswick Student Union. Mostafa and several residents of Joy Kidd House at UNB Fredericton teamed up to create a video to encourage the bullied to just hold on.

“Bullying is not going to stop 100 per cent, but what we can do is help the bullied cope. I think that is what the video, It Gets Better, is all about,” says Mr. Shaker.

Creating a message “I never thought we would have 17,000 views – I mean, 5,000 or 6,000 sure — but I never would have anticipated this many. By the end of April it was 12,000 views and since then, even though we’re done school and none of our target audience is really there, it’s gone up 4,000 views.” As a part of the campaign, Mr. Shaker and other University of New Brunswick students are travelling to high schools around New Brunswick to talk about bullying, give advice on how to cope, and to show the video.

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Above: Bob Skillen, vice-president (advancement), UNB speaks at fundraising announcement.

UNB enjoys banner fundraising year The past supporting the present

The ones who benefit most

With the support of its alumni and friends, the University of New Brunswick raised the second largest sum in its history last year.

Donations to the university are targeted toward initiatives and programs that support students, faculty, and research. Faculties and departments have benefited from modern equipment, expanded library holdings, athletic and research financial support and from numerous other initiatives.

Thanks to the contributions of 5,000 alumni, UNB received $25 million in 2011-12. “Beyond the gifts themselves, the implicit message is deeply encouraging,” says Eddy Campbell, president of UNB. “That’s 5,000 people who believe in this university. It’s 5,000 people who chose to support us, despite other obligations, and despite difficult financial times.”

“These gifts improve the space in which we live, learn, research, and work,” says Dr. Campbell.

Over 90 per cent of the gifts received by UNB came from alumni.

Danielle Losier, a kinesiology student, multiple scholarship recipient, and athlete with the Varsity Reds swim team, says donations and sponsorship are what helps her balance school and athletics. “We have a very hectic swim schedule, and to not have to worry about maintaining a part-time job over the school year has really helped me focus on my school and my swimming, and excel in both.”

“Alumni give out of a feeling of deep connection to UNB—a sense of stewardship, really. UNB is ours, and it will forever be ours. We want to see it succeed and we want the students who enter its halls to succeed as well,” says Heather Neilson, president of UNB’s Associated Alumni.

Although donations are beneficial to everyone at the university, he says the ones who benefit most are the students.

Over the past 10 years, students have benefited from $52.3 million in donations to scholarships and bursaries. FALL 2012 • UNB ALUMNI NEWS • 11

183rd Encaenia

Above: Graduates make their way into The Richard J. CURRIE CENTER. Inset: UNB Alumna Jessica Webster (BN’99, MN’11) presents graduates with their UNB coin.

More than 1,300 UNB Fredericton students graduated during the 183rd Encaenia at The Richard J. CURRIE CENTER on May 16 and 17. Over two days UNB granted four honorary degrees. Susan Chalmers-Gauvin (BA’96), CEO of the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada, received an honorary doctor of letters degree; David Ganong (BBA’65), President of Ganong Bros. Ltd., received an honorary doctor of laws degree; Fred Kaufman, former judge and Order of Canada recipient, was granted an honorary doctor of laws; and Armour (Ben) McCrea (BSE’63), founder of Armour Group Ltd., received an honorary doctor of science degree.


Four outstanding professors with distinguished University of New Brunswick careers were also honoured for their accomplishments at Encaenia: Dr. Allan Sharp, professor emeritus in physics; Dr. Christoph Lorey, professor emeritus in culture and language studies; Dr. Jane Fritz (MCS’82), professor emerita in computer science; and Dr. Antonio Sousa, professor emeritus in mechanical engineering.

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Athletics Update: V-Reds hockey coach receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Gardiner MacDougall, head coach of the UNB men’s hockey team, was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Jack Carr, MLA, made the surprise presentation during the recent UNB Hockey golf tournament at Kingswood Park lodge. Mr. MacDougall is the most winning men’s hockey coach in UNB history. He is a three-time AUS coach of the year and was named CIS coach of the year in 2010.

Gardiner MacDougall (right) being awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by MLA Jack Carr.

Jilliane Goulet named as new coach Jon Crossland announced as head of UNB Fredericton women’s coach of UNB Fredericton women’s volleyball team soccer team Jilliane Goulet, who played professionally in Eurpoe the past six years, was recently named as new coach of UNB Fredericton women’s volleyball team. Jillian was a member of the 2004-05 Canadian volleyball team that attended the World University Games in Turkey.

Jon Crossland (BScKin’04, BEd’07) is the new head coach of the UNB Varsity Reds women’s soccer program. He earned both his degrees during his five-year playing career with the Varsity Reds Men’s Soccer Team, holds a National “B” coaching license and is a learning facilitator for Soccer Canada.

While Ms. Goulet has plenty of playing experience, she has also been an assistant coach with the University of Ottawa and has had a lead role at numerous volleyball camps and clinics throughout Canada. She is currently completing her National Coaching Certification Program Level 2 certification and is a CanFitPro certified trainer.

“We had a number of excellent candidates who expressed an interest in the position with our program. We believe that Jon’s soccer experience, professionalism and enthusiasm make him the best choice to lead our women’s soccer program,” says John Richard, Athletic Director.

“This is an exciting opportunity for UNB women’s volleyball to have a player and coach of this caliber join our program,” said UNB athletic director John Richard. “Jilliane is a young, dynamic individual with lots of experience and contacts across Canada and Europe, which can only help our program in the future.” Ms. Goulet is a graduate of Dalhousie University. During her five years at Dal, she played for the Dalhousie Tigers women’s volleyball team where she was AUS rookie of the year and twice named AUS most valuable player. She is also a four-time CIS academic all-Canadian and three-time CIS allCanadian.

Obtaining a head coaching opportunity at UNB was one of Mr. Crossland’s life goals. “My vision is to make the UNB women’s soccer the program of choice for female student-athletes, and to develop a program with players who make a significant difference on the field, in the classroom and in the community.” Mr. Crossland assumed his coaching duties in May of this year.



UNB’s role in building a better New Brunswick: President provides update on UNB’s strategic plan Since helping to establish the new strategic direction for the University of New Brunswick, Eddy Campbell’s focus has remained fixed on the five key goals developed at that time. Providing an exceptional and transformative experience to its students is first among UNB’s five priorities. Goals two through four include a renewed focus on discovery, innovation, and entrepreneurship. But it is the fifth and final item on the list that the president has directly in his sights. “What would we look like if we were the University for New Brunswick?” asks Dr. Campbell. “That question generates some very interesting answers, all of them committing us to building a better province in a number of different of ways.”

Helping inform public debates Helping to build a better province is neither simple nor easy, but UNB is embracing the challenge. The university, through some of its researchers, recently waded into New Brunswick’s shale gas exploration debate. Getting involved in such a politically charged conversation has its risks, but Dr. Campbell firmly believes that it is UNB’s responsibility to help inform the public through such conversations. “Some of these debates are divisive and emotional,” he admits. “But we feel it is our duty to provide objective, third-party evidence to the people of this province. Many people want to have the facts as we know them before they make up their minds one way or another.” The university shared the opinion paper on the potential impact of shale gas exploration on water resources in May. Senior researchers Tom Al and Karl Butler from the Department of Earth Sciences, Rick Cunjak from the Department of Biology and the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, and Kerry MacQuarrie of the Department of Civil Engineering all brought their expertise to the creation of this opinion piece. It was followed by a conference on shale gas exploration featuring several experts, academics, and public 14 • FALL 2012 • UNB ALUMNI NEWS

Through partnerships with all levels of government, Enterprise Fredericton, and private investors, UNB provided 26 acres of land for the Fredericton Knowledge Park, which helped develop Fredericton’s IT industry by providing much-needed affordable commercial space near the university to support incubation firms.

officials that was co-hosted by UNB and l’Université de Moncton. David Coleman, UNB’s dean of engineering, helped organize the two-day forum. “The event proved to be a valuable learning experience for many of the individuals involved,” says Dr. Coleman. “I think the arguments and findings presented over those few days helped inform the debate and clarify people’s positions on this important issue. UNB was proud to be a coorganizer, and we’re looking forward to remaining engaged in this particular conversation in the future.” While the conference was well received for its contribution to the debate on the potential risks and benefits of shale gas development, many participants were also pleased to see the two universities working together.

Building a stronger economy The debate over shale gas exploration is far from New Brunswick’s only pressing concern. Since the global financial collapse of 2008, the economy, employment, and productivity have re-emerged as top-of-mind issues. Our president is acutely aware of these challenges and their potential solutions.

Source: Economic Impact Analysis: University of New Brunswick, Gardner Pinfold Consultants, 2011

“The province faces two significant challenges — an aging population and an economy that is not as robust as it needs to be,” says Dr. Campbell. “I love the idea of a ‘smart’ New Brunswick. It is easy to imagine the features of a smart province — the highest literacy rates in the world, the best-educated population, some of the healthiest people anywhere. We need to have a set of ideas and measurements of success related to this concept. UNB can play a major role in the process.” Dr. Campbell also points to the role entrepreneurs can play in the creation of wealth in New Brunswick. “Our teachers and researchers have always played a key role in helping our students find and choose their career paths. Now we are also finding ways to encourage an entrepreneurial spirit in our students. We want to encourage those who are thinking of creating start-ups as well as their analogues in the cultural or social spheres. We want them to be able to work on their projects while they acquire their education. At one point or another we would like every UNB student to think about the possibility of being an entrepreneur — to look around and say ‘If I were to do that, there is an infrastructure of support at UNB that would help make it possible.’” UNB’s new Pond-Deshpande Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship helps to provide that support. It is an example of how the university is contributing to the province’s social and economic future by offering programs across New Brunswick that

support entrepreneurship and innovation. And that includes making grants available to “people with good ideas… whether or not they have ties to UNB,” says Dr. Campbell. “If they didn’t have ties to UNB beforehand, they will afterwards. And that will make us a better university.”

Building better communities UNB’s researchers and students have a lot to contribute to the provincial community in terms of expertise and know-how. “We measure success in terms of the people we educate, the quality of instruction our faculty provides, and the discoveries our researchers make. These discoveries are valuable not just in terms of their contribution to human knowledge — solving tomorrow’s problems, if you like — but also in terms of their impact on the social, cultural and economic issues of today,” says Dr. Campbell. In fact, his face lights up with pride when he talks about UNB’s community-focused initiatives. The Faculty of Nursing’s community health clinic is an example of that outreach. With targeted care for marginalized individuals and a caseload already exceeding 3,500 patients and the Fredericton clinic treats people with addictions and HIV. It also provides services to groups who sometimes experience barriers to primary care, like immigrant families and the homeless. “It is an inspiring place, FALL 2012 • UNB ALUMNI NEWS • 15

an amazing model for the provision of primary health care to underserviced groups.” The Richard J. CURRIE CENTER in Fredericton also provides numerous health and wellness services of value to the community. Anthony Secco, vice-president, academic of UNB’s Fredericton campus, draws attention to the wide array of research conducted at the new five-storey, 139,000-square-foot facility. It offers fitness and lifestyle assessments and evaluations, pediatric weight management, cardiac rehabilitation, orthopedic rehabilitation, workplace wellness, healthy aging, and other important services. “Beyond the many programs and services available to the community at The Richard J. CURRIE CENTER, the research being undertaken by specialists in venues like our outstanding Andrew and Marjorie McCain Human Performance Laboratory will help broaden our general understanding of issues related to wellness, healthy living and chronic disease management,” says Dr. Secco. These examples, however, are merely the tip of an ever-growing iceberg. UNB’s researchers, students, and staff continue to reach out beyond the university’s walls with initiatives like the Canadian Rivers Institute in Saint John and Fredericton with its mandate to promote sustainability and protect Canadian water resources; and the Psychological Wellness Centre in Fredericton that provides high-quality and low cost psychological services such as counselling and psycho-educational assessments for youth from five to 17. The Promise Partnership, an initiative led by Robert MacKinnon, vice-president of UNB Saint John, pairs UNB Saint John student mentors and tutors with vulnerable youth from the Crescent Valley neighbourhood. It is a program that improves specific competencies and demystifies the academic experience for the young people. “The Promise Partnership is the perfect example of making a difference in our community,” says Dr. MacKinnon. “By helping children obtain the key to a better future — education — we not only provide hope to an individual, but to an entire community.”


UNB’s Strategic Plan UNB’s plan has one overarching goal and five supporting goals. Each supporting goal is accompanied by objectives and activities, metrics, targets where applicable, and recommendations where needed. Overarching Goal: UNB’s aim is to be the best teaching and learning institution in Canada, balancing and integrating excellence in education and research. Goal 1: Offer an exceptional and transformative student experience Goal 2: Inspire leadership in discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship Goal 3: Achieve financial resilience and responsibility Goal 4: Build a better university Goal 5: Build a better province More details on UNB’s strategic plan can be found at:

Giving Back “We are very aware of the support provided to us by the taxpayers of New Brunswick,” adds Dr. Campbell. “And while we now know that we return that investment to the province — and then some — through employment opportunities, social and economic development, and the education of our labour force, we believe that UNB should do everything it possibly can to reward the faith that the people of New Brunswick have placed in their provincial university.” “One of our favorite sayings at the university is ‘we’re all in this together,’ concludes Dr. Campbell. “I think that very much applies on the provincial scale as well. I’m very proud of the part that UNB’s students, faculty, and staff are playing in New Brunswick’s evolution.”


Kathryn McCain On board with Kathryn McCain: Alumna lends her talent and time to lead UNB’s Board of Governors By Lauren Caines If you are an alumnus who is not clear on how the university’s Board of Governors functions, you are not alone. You might have the same confusion Kathryn McCain (BA’72) experienced when she started as a board member in 1998. “It took a little while before I had a general understanding of how things operate,” says Ms. McCain. “A university is very complex and its systems are completely foreign to non-academics.” She didn’t let the steep learning curve deter her though, and now she will use her accumulated wisdom and passion for UNB to steer the board as its chair for a two-year term. Continuing a long tradition of alumni shaping the university through volunteerism, Ms. McCain served as vice-chair under Roxanne Fairweather’s leadership until she assumed her new position on July 1. “Kathy is an outstanding appointee. She is committed to the university 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says Brian Baxter, (BA’67) who became vice-chair upon Ms. McCain’s promotion. “If all of us did one quarter of what Kathy does for UNB, what remarkable results we would have. One of the reasons I agreed to be vice-chair is the exceptional people we have on the board.” The 43-member board meets five times annually. Members also serve on committees that Kathryn McCain, chair of UNB’s Board of Governors. Lord Beaverbrook Room, Harriet Irving Library, UNB Libraries


meet several more times throughout the year and bring forward reports and recommendations. “It is within the committees that much of the substantial work of the board gets done,” says Ms. McCain who has also served as chair of the advancement, finance, nominating and review committees, and as a member of the executive and audit committees. “The board selects, supports and reviews the president — the only person who reports directly to the Board of Governors,” says Ms. McCain, explaining the difference between the board and university administration. “The university president is CEO and in charge of managing the operation of the university. The board is intended to provide oversight and guidance. We approve policy, strategy and budgets and then work to ensure that those things are implemented by the management team.” Ms. McCain brings extensive outside volunteer experience to the role. She is chair of the McCain Foundation, the philanthropic arm of McCain Foods Limited, and served many years on the boards of Pathways to Education and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. She is a former director of the Havergal College Foundation, a past warden of St. Clement’s Church in Toronto, a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a member of the Quadrangle Society at Massey College, University of Toronto. As a further credential, she is a graduate of the Directors College operated by McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada. In addition to serving on UNB’s board she was a member of the Forging our Futures Campaign


“When I speak to alumni I encourage them to share. First of all, graduates can share their time with the university. Secondly, grads can share their talents. Faculties have advisory boards, we have a dedicated board of governors and we also have the alumni council. All these groups assure our university remains the quality institution that it has become. That is our responsibility. Eventually you may consider sharing your treasure. The 150 year existence of the alumni association has developed a tradition — yesterday’s grads help today’s students through scholarships and awards programs. “ Heather Neilson, President, Associated Alumni during the graduation ceremony

cabinet and helps coordinate alumni events in Toronto. In recognition of her deep commitment to the university, she received the Alumni Award of Honour in 2010. “Kathy is an incredibly valuable volunteer and her enthusiasm is contagious,” says Eddy Campbell, president of UNB. “Our board members bring a wealth of professional experience and a variety of skills, and I’m grateful for the work they do to help navigate through challenging times. I look forward to working with Kathy and the rest of the board to further strengthen this great institution.”

Left to right: Linda McCain, Stephen McCain, Kathryn McCain, Margaret McCain Roy and Allison McCain at the announcement of the $1 million donation to UNB in support of the Andrew and Marjorie McCain Human Performance Laboratory.

Ms. McCain’s priority over the next two years is to maintain the stability and professionalism that her predecessors have achieved. “The past three or four board chairs have engaged in board reform and I want to keep that moving forward. We’ve worked hard on finances, but we have continuous challenges like government funding and balancing enrolment with the right faculty complement. There’s never a dull moment.” She enjoys working with the other alumni on the board, and makes special note of the future alumni — three students are elected to the board each year. “They make a huge contribution. Students are among the most impressive people at the board table. They speak their mind and are not intimidated by anyone in the room. They have their facts, they’re passionate and bright — it’s a treat to work with them.” She mentions the O’Kane brothers as examples of thoughtful young people. Joey O’Kane (BBA ’13), is beginning his second year on the board as a member elected by his student peers. He follows in the footsteps of his older brother, Jon (BSc ’10). “My goal is to ensure that all the decisions are in some way beneficial to students and don’t hinder their access to education or their performance,” says Joey O’Kane. “It’s been a very rewarding experience so far and I feel like I’ve already built strong relationships with members of the board including Kathy McCain. I know she’ll be fantastic. She’s very enthusiastic and really knows her stuff. She’s a very strong selection for chair.” He also agrees with her that students and alumni need to work to increase UNB’s profile. He sees alumni regularly give back in countless ways beyond financial donations — they serve on alumni and faculty councils, participate in mentoring programs, volunteer with sports teams and participate in recruitment activities by coordinating alumni events around the world. “But contributing to UNB could be even simpler. I would love to see alumni championing UNB more. We’ve been very modest and we don’t have a profile as high as we deserve. That’s one of the things alumni can do. Go out and tell their friends ‘this is a great university.’ We need all those strong voices.”

University of New Brunswick Board of Governors Members 2012-2013 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Richard J. Currie (Class of ’60, LLD’87) chancellor Kathryn McCain (BA’72) - chair Brian Baxter (BA’67) vice -chair H.E.A. (Eddy) Campbell - president Robert Basque (LLB’80) David H. Burns -Vice-president (research) Jonathan Cogger, BA student Barry Cooper (BBA’66) Sarah J. DeVarenne (BSc’93) - university secretary Roxanne Fairweather - past chair Kevin Ferguson (BBA’92, BA’93) Joe Galbo - faculty Larry Hachey (BBA’87) Esam Hussein - Faculty John A. Johnson (BSc’84, MSc’86, PhD’91) - faculty Hans O. Klohn (BSE’76) Anne La Forest (LLB’84) - faculty Carol Loughrey (BBA’70) Sharon MacFarlane (BBA’79) Robert MacKinnon - vice-president Saint John Andrew Martel - BCS student Adam McKim (BA’00, B.Ed.’00, M.Ed.’02) Paul Morrison (BSE’74, ME’78) Daniel V. Murray - vice-president (finance and corporate services) Christopher Nagle (BBA’76, LLB’79) Mayor Mel K. Norton (BA’97, LLB’99) Saint John Joey O’Kane - BBA student Judy A. Roy (MBA’93, PhD’03) - faculty Anthony S. Secco - vice-president academic, Fredericton Wayne Squibb (BA’68) Karen Taylor (BA’72, MPA’88) Gary Waite - faculty Mayor Brad Woodside- Fredericton David Woolnough (MSE’70, PhD’74)

Governors Emeriti • David Ganong (BBA’65, LLD’12) • David O’Brien (BBA’71, LLB’73) • David Stevenson (BBA’68)


Proudly UNB Awards 2012 recipients to be honoured on Sept. 27 in Fredericton

Thank you, Roxanne

The 2012 recipients of the Associated Alumni’s Proudly UNB Awards have been announced. They will be honoured at a gala dinner at the Student Union Building in Fredericton on Thursday, Sept. 27. All alumni are welcome to attend. This year’s recipients are: Alumni Award of Honour Ewart “Sonny” Phillips (BScCE’77) of Fredericton, is a local businessman and supporter of the Varsity Reds. Carl Tompkins (BSc’54) of Saint John, is a retired professor of chemistry at UNB Saint John. Alumni Award of Distinction Monique Allain (B.Ed.’87, PhD’07) of Fredericton, is involved in sport at all levels, local through international. Rivers Corbett (MBA’89) of Fredericton, CEO of Relish Gourmet Burgers, is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and author. Sue (BA ‘75) and Celes Davar (B.Sc.’75) of Riding Mountain National Park, MB, are co-founders of Earth Rhythms, a boutique tourist operation. Sean Dunbar (BA’91, LLB’93) of Fredericton, is owner of award-winning Picaroons Traditional Ales. Bernard Richard (LLB’78) of Cap Pelé, N.B., is the retired New Brunswick Ombudsman and Child and Youth Advocate. Young Alumni Achievement Award Keith Brideau (BBA’01) of Saint John, wants Saint John to be one of the best cities in Canada. Volunteer of the Year Verna Morrisey (BN’69) of Fredericton, tirelessly volunteers for a myriad of events and projects with the alumni office. Group of the Year Calgary Young Alumni Network Honorary Membership in the UNB Associated Alumni Beth Currie, Toronto Roxanne Fairweather, Saint John Visit to register for the Proudly UNB Awards 2012 gala dinner.


Roxanne Fairweather’s term as chair of UNB’s Board of Governors ended on July 1, but her service to the board and the university is far from over. Roxanne will continue to serve as a board member for a three-year term, lending her time, expertise and leadership to helping the university achieve its mission of being the premier university for students, faculty and staff. “I have a passion for education and believe education is absolutely the crucible for principled inspired growth, growth of the individual and growth of our society. It is the foundation and critical element of all civilized societies. UNB is a jewel and a core of innovation that will drive and fuel the province’s economic and social sustainability.” “Roxanne truly loves this university,” says Eddy Campbell, UNB president. “She’s been with the university through tough times and through celebratory times. She is one of our greatest ambassadors. As chair, Roxanne brought insight, passion and dedication to her role and always puts the interests of the university first. She will be missed as board chair, but I’m excited that she’ll continue to serve on the board.” Roxanne is co-CEO and co-owner of Innovatia, a knowledge management services and product company based in Saint John and serving a global community. Prior to moving to Innovatia, where she has been for 10 years, she was president of Aliant Wireless.



Celebrating the Journey




Sept. 27 - 30

Register today to enjoy events such as: Thursday, September 27 5:00 PM All Classes meet & greet at SUB Ballroom 6:00 PM Proudly UNB Awards Dinner at SUB Cafeteria and Atrium Friday, September 28 9:00 AM President’s Golden Grad Breakfast at the SUB Ballroom




4:00 PM President’s Reception for Senior Classes at 238 Waterloo Row 5:30 PM Reception prior to Lobster Boil at SUB Atrium 6:30 PM Lobster Boil and Scholarship Silent Auction at SUB Atrium Saturday, September 29 11:00 AM Pregame Rally at The Quad 12:30 PM Homecoming Parade 1:00 PM Football Game UNB Seawolves at UNB Red Bombers 4:00 PM The Tasting – Beer, Scotch, Wine at SUB Cafeteria, Blue Lounge and Atrium, respectively


8:00 PM Homecoming Dance with Vinyl2Bits at the SUB Ballroom 10:00 PM Suds in the SUB at the Social Club Sunday, September 30 9:00 AM Farewell Breakfast at SUB Ballroom and Patio Register today at or call (506) 447-3371 or 1-888-862-2586 ext. 4 (toll free in Canada).







UNB welcomes new vice-president of research

David Burns, UNB’s new vice-president (research)

On August 1, 2012, the University of New Brunswick welcomed David Burns as its new vicepresident (research).

With research interests in biosensors, Dr. Burns says UNB’s program, specifically its new biosphere interface, is what drew him to New Brunswick.

As a member of UNB’s senior management team, Dr. Burns will help shape UNB’s strategic research direction and agenda. “I am really looking forward to working with faculty, students and staff at UNB — lots of exciting opportunities and initiatives on both campuses,” says Dr. Burns.

Using his past experience, he is hoping to establish connections between provincial health initiatives and research that is ongoing at both campuses.

Leaning on his past experience in education, Burns is hoping to communicate how research directly affects individuals. “Our first mission is the education of people, and research is fundamental to education,” he says. While at the University of Washington, Burns was a professor of bioengineering and the director of imaging at a special centre for organized research in vascular disease. Following a move from Seattle to Montreal, he was most recently a professor of chemistry and experimental medicine at McGill University. In 1998 Dr. Burns was named scientific director, and then director, of the national centre of excellence for respiratory disease at McGill. He went on to become the associate dean for the university’s Faculty of Science from 2002 until 2008. 22 • FALL 2012 • UNB ALUMNI NEWS

“The establishment of the new medical school in Saint John and the creation of stronger connections between medical centres in New Brunswick provide tremendous opportunity for health care in New Brunswick and across Canada,” says Dr. Burns. “New Brunswick in general, and UNB in particular, can be a viable part of that.”

Bringing research to life Dr. Burns says he is hoping to get the community involved in research activity and initiatives at the university over his tenure. He is hoping to highlight the tremendous research that is happening at the university, why it is important, and why people are passionate about it. “The university can become a partner with many others in the province to try to make New Brunswick a better place.”


Making waves in the world Attila Komjathy (PHD ‘97), a NASA senior research scientist and principal investigator is using GPS for an entirely new application to track and monitor tsunamis. In the early days of his dissertation research at UNB, specifically his time working with Engineering professor Richard B. Langley, kindled his interest in the research of different uses for GPS. “My ultimate goal is to use GPS technology to detect ionospheric signatures caused by tsunamis in real time so people in affected areas may be alerted even before the tsunami reaches them,” says Dr. Komjathy. This technology will be immensely beneficial to coastal communities in the path of the tsunami. He credits UNB and Prof. Langley for helping him achieve success. “UNB’s great facilities, student life, nurturing atmosphere, and learning environment all contributed tremendously to the significant achievements in my professional life. In addition, the breadth and quality of research conducted by Dr. Langley and his group always amazed and inspired me to reach higher,” says Dr. Komjathy.



A legacy of Leadership

Students, faculty and staff mourn the passing of Thomas J. Condon Thomas J. Condon was remembered as a man generous with his time, wisdom and passion. “He was a caring and selfless man, and his life touched many, many others during his time among us,” said Eddy Campbell, UNB’s president and vicechancellor. Dr. Condon, a former University of New Brunswick professor, dean of arts, and vice-president died on Sunday, April 22. He left a mark at the University of New Brunswick that extends beyond the student centre at UNB Saint John that proudly bears his name. He directly and indirectly helped thousands of students over the years. He helped those who were fortunate enough to have him as a teacher or academic supervisor. He provided leadership to the campus and mentored faculty, staff and students alike.

Many took the time to write condolences to his family and remember a man who made a positive impact in so many lives. Dr. Condon was remembered as a leader, a statesman and as a gentleman. “Tom had a flair for getting others to work with him in his support of causes,” said Robert MacKinnon, UNB Saint John’s vice-president. “Perhaps it was his soothing voice, constant smile and optimistic outlook.” Dr. Condon believed in the Saint John campus and worked tirelessly to see it achieve its potential, just as he did with his students. “Tom was the perfect thesis supervisor,” said former graduate student John Reid. “Always ready to give leeway when it was warranted, he was also readily available (even though he was very busy) to give sound advice, clear guidance, and prompt and to-thepoint responses to any written work.  He conveyed values as well as intellect.” Many people remarked on how Dr. Condon took the time to remember individuals’ names and always treated people with respect. “Without question, Tom was one of the most special people I have had the privilege to know and work with in my time at UNB. He was truly a ‘class act,’ a true gentleman who treated everyone with respect,” said Larry Guitard, UNB’s assistant vice-president, finance and corporate services. Others spoke of his passion for the UNB Saint John campus.

Left: Dr. Thomas D. Condon


“He was part of the UNB Saint John campus from the early days; he was a central figure in its development. He defended it, and with it the right of the people of Saint John and region to a university education,” said Miriam Jones, a professor at UNB Saint John. Many groups, societies, and other bodies — including Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Jeux Canada Games, Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, Canadian Conference of the Arts, Festival by the Sea - Saint John, and Symphony New Brunswick — were beneficiaries of his talent, wisdom and counsel over the years. In 2004, the Governor General and the Government of Canada recognized his outstanding service to his country with an appointment as Member of the Order

of Canada. In 2009 he was named to the Order of New Brunswick. Many people remarked on his contributions to the wider community and several fondly recalled conversations with him in the lobby of Saint John’s Imperial Theatre as they waited for a show or event to begin. “He was truly a pillar of support for the arts here and an invaluable bridge between UNB Saint John and a diversity of communities within the city,” said Ron Lees, professor emeritus in physics. To read more about Dr. Condon and to see a full list of condolences posted by dozens of former students, faculty, staff and administrators, visit

UNB chancellor Richard Currie, president and vice-chancellor Eddy Campbell and the late Tom Condon, governor Emeritus, share a moment.


a tribute to greg kealey

october 27, 2012 the richard j. currie center p.m. 6

university of new brunswick fredericton

Join friends and colleagues from near and abroad to celebrate the career of Dr. Greg Kealey, Provost and Vice-President (Research) with a reception and dinner on October 27, 2012. During Dr. Kealey’s 11-year tenure as Vice-President (Research), UNB’s research capacity saw significant growth with a three-fold increase in external funding to almost $60 million annually. Dr. Kealey’s expertise in Canadian social and labour history has brought him awards and recognition over the past three decades, including being named a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1983 and the Royal Society of Canada in 1999. 26 • FALL 2012 • UNB ALUMNI NEWS

Reserve your tickets by email or call (506) 453-5053


More than 300 graduates received their diplomas during UNB Saint John’s 38th Spring Convocation.

38th Spring Convocation at UNB Saint John cherish the memories of their time spent at UNBSJ and to take them with them wherever they go. She also acknowledged the important role that UNB alumni have on student success. “The UNBSJ alumni have been wonderful supporters and their continuous giving back is inspiring,” said Ms. Forward. During the ceremony, three students received the Lieutenant-Governor’s Silver Medal as the top graduating students from each of UNB Saint John’s three faculties: Eima Hajizadeh (arts) and Lori Ann Davis (business), both from Rothesay, N.B., and Holly Steeves (science, applied science and engineering) of London, Ont. More than 300 graduates received their diplomas during UNB Saint John’s 38th Spring Convocation ceremony on May 18. Valedictorian Erica Forward, of Saint John, addressed the graduating class and encouraged them to

UNB Saint John awarded honorary doctor of letters degrees to Thomas Crowther (posthumous), past president and publisher of The Daily Gleaner, and Julie Dickson (BA ’79), head of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions.

Check out the video of the UNB Saint John Convocation at: FALL 2012 • UNB ALUMNI NEWS • 27

SAINT JOHN DIGEST Athletics at UNB Saint John

UNB Saint John to host nationals in 2013 The UNB Saint John Seawolves are confirmed to host the 2013 CCAA men’s soccer national championship. The four-day event will take place Nov. 6 - 9, 2013 at UNB Saint John’s Canada Games Stadium which recently saw significant renovations including new artificial turf field, efficient modern lighting and upgraded grandstand seating. The Seawolves men’s soccer team is a perennial contender in the Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association (ACAA) and conference representatives at five Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national championships over the past 10 years.

For the first time an eight-team competitive format will replace the regular six-team configuration. Participating teams will include five conference champions, the host institution and two wildcards. The university will partner with the UNB Associated Alumni, Soccer NB, Destination Saint John and local media to promote the championship. UNB Saint John hosted the 2011 CCAA women’s volleyball national championship in 2011 and the CCAA badminton national championship in 2003.

Left to right: Marilyne Bourque, Alison Floyd, Brittany Roy, Hannah Skidd, Michelle Kawatra, Mary Bountalas, Nicole Richard and Jessica Parent.

Volunteering Abroad 28 • FALL 2012 • UNB ALUMNI NEWS

Working through the Volunteer Abroad program of Basecamp International, a group of eight thirdyear UNB Saint John nursing students recently volunteered to provide healthcare assistance in Granada, Nicaragua.


Royals visit UNB Saint John, Promise Partnership project As part of their recent tour of Canada His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall spent time in New Brunswick. While in the province, they visited the Hazen White St. Francis school in Saint John; a school that is central to UNB Saint John’s Promise Partnership. Every student in the school is assigned a mentor from the university who works with the student to help improve competencies in core education areas like reading and mathematics.

Prince Charles tours UNB Saint John with Joleen Searle (BEd’10), community engagement liaison with The Promise Partnership.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla spent time touring the school, learning about the Promise Partnership and other community collaborations. Before departing for their next stop, Prince Charles joined in a game of street hockey with students and surprised Jennifer Carhart (BEd’02, M.Ed.’08) with a Diamond Jubilee medal.


Currie scholarships announced The Currie Scholarship at the University of New Brunswick, valued at $50,000 over four years, is awarded to students who are recognized as some of the most promising young scholars in Canada. Tyler Young, Jaclynn Beckett, Jordie Taylor and Megan Smith display qualities of leadership and academic excellence earning them the Currie Scholarship for the 2012-2013 year at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and Saint John. Tyler Young, from Rexton, New Brunswick, will be enrolling in the Bachelor of Science Program at UNB Fredericton. In addition to his high academic standing, Young also acted as captain of his high school basketball team, played on several sports teams, and was student council treasurer. Jaclynn Beckett, from Saint John, New Brunswick, will be enrolling in the bachelor of nursing program at UNB Saint John. In addition to her high academic excellence, Beckett acted as president of her grad class executive, captain of her high school basketball team, and helped tutor her fellow students.

Tyler Young, Rexton, NB Bachelor of Science in Engineering program at UNB Fredericton

Megan Smith, Cornwall, PE Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science concurrent program at UNB Fredericton

The Red Rapids, New Brunswick, native Jordie Taylor will be enrolling in the bachelor of science in engineering program at UNB Fredericton. Alongside his high academic standing, Taylor captained his high school soccer team, and took part in his senior class as a member of the grad class committee. Taylor volunteered at the Western Valley Regional games and as a lifeguard. Megan Smith, from Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, will enroll in the University of New Brunswick’s bachelor or arts and bachelor of science concurrent program.In addition to her outstanding grades, Smith led her anti-bullying team as peer facilitator, editor of her high school yearbook, and a journalist for her school newspaper.

Jordie Taylor, Red Rapids, NB Bachelor of Science in Engineering program at UNB Fredericton

With heavy involvement in their high school and community, strong leadership skills and high academic standing, Young, Beckett, Taylor and Smith earned themselves the prestigious Currie scholarship, supported by Richard J. Currie, Chancellor of UNB. Dr. Currie’s generosity has helped many students achieve their goal of attending and graduating from university. He is an officer of the Order of Canada and a laureate of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. He is also the major donor and creative force behind the state-of-the-art Richard J. CURRIE CENTER on UNB’s Fredericton campus.


Jaclynn Beckett, Saint John, NB Bachelor of Nursing program at UNB Saint John

Donation helps deepen UNB’s community impact Left to right: Jim Murray, UNB Fredericton dean of arts; Eddy Campbell, UNB president and vice-chancellor; Sandra Byers, psychology department chair; Fiona and Jim Green; Bob Skillen, UNB vice-president (advancement); Jean Craven, Psychological Wellness Centre executive director.

When Fiona Green (Lamont) thinks about the University of New Brunswick, her mind floods with memories of her undergraduate years and the Maritime hospitality she experienced on campus. The alumna (BA’68) now lives in Toronto, but the distance hasn’t diminished her love of the institution. Mrs. Green says she admires the many centres of excellence at UNB — the Pond-Deshpande Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Canadian Rivers Institute, the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society, and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. They all help UNB make a difference in the broader community by sharing knowledge and know-how. It’s that kind of community mindedness that inspired Fiona and her husband Jim to get involved in UNB’s new Psychological Wellness Centre (PWC). The couple donated $100,000 to the centre. Mr. Green and his partners at CGOV Asset Management donated an additional $10,000 through the CGOV Foundation. These contributions, plus a $750,000 leadership gift from the R. Howard Webster Foundation, helped make the centre a reality.

“We not only liked how the centre would benefit students from the psychology department, but appreciated that it would also benefit community members,” says Mrs. Green. “When Jim and I think about places or programs to contribute to financially, one of our requirements is that it be something that also benefits the community.” The University of New Brunswick’s strategic plan reflects a desire to not only build a better university, but also a better province. “UNB makes it a priority to share our knowledge and expertise with the broader community,” says Eddy Campbell, president of UNB. “The Psychological Wellness Centre, for example, will provide care to children and adolescents, offer training to the next generation of clinical psychologists, and conduct valuable research that could impact the community, the region and beyond.”

For more information on the PWC, call: 506-452-6301 or email:


Mark your calendar. UNB’s coming to Toronto this fall with a series of events and activities.

in Toronto September 25: Talk by UNB Fredericton Dean of Business Administration Rob Austin will speak to business alumni about The Soul of Design: Business Value Creation in the Age of Apple.

October 4:

Law Alumni Reception Co-hosted by Dean of Law Ian Peach and Vaughn MacLellan (LLB ’95), with special guest Frank McKenna (LLB ’74)

October 22:

6th Annual East Coast Reception Join the Toronto Alumni Chapter and the Toronto Young Alumni Network for an East Coast evening at Rodney’s Oyster House.

November 7:

The Eaton Lecture: Beyond Remembrance Marc Milner, director of UNB’s Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society, is the first featured speaker in this series.

For more information, and to register, visit or 32 • FALL 2012 • UNB ALUMNI NEWS call Tina at 506-453-4995. RSVP or registration required for all events.

Upcoming Alumni Events Southwestern Ontario, Oct. 20, 2012 Southwestern Ontario Alumni Carolinian Winery Tasting

Mark your calendar to join Southwestern Ontario Alumni and Friends at the Railway City Brewing Company on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2:00 PM. For more information visit

Toronto, Oct. 22, 2012 6th annual East Coast Toronto Alumni reception at Rodney’s Oyster House

Join the Toronto alumni chapter for the sixth annual ‘East Coast’ evening at Rodney’s Oyster House, 469 King St. Enjoy wonderful food, good company, and old and new friends on Monday, Oct. 22 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Register online at, call 1-888862-2586 (ext. 3), or e-mail Special guests include Eddy Campbell, UNB president and vice– chancellor and Heather Neilson, UNB Associated Alumni president. For more information contact Diane McAdam, alumni connections coordinator, at 1-888-826-2586 (ext 3) or

Moncton, Nov. 10, 2012 UNB Alumni VIP event at the Moncton Wine & Food Expo The UNB Associated Alumni is pleased to invite you to enjoy an afternoon of fine wine with delicious and creative food at the Moncton Wine and Food Expo on Saturday, Nov. 10. We will once again host a VIP UNB alumni reception prior to the popular afternoon grand tasting. Find information on this event at

or direct your questions to Kelley Nagle, (BOM ‘00), Moncton Alumni volunteer, at 506-384-0213 or

Fredericton, Nov. 29, 2012 UNB Fredericton Alumni ‘Wines for the Holidays’

Join fellow UNB alumni and friends at the UP Wine Bar in the Garrison District Ale House on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Delicious appetizers will complement the wine varieties offered. More details to come.

Vancouver, May 23, 2013 Annual Alumni and Friends Get-Together

The UNB Associated Alumni is pleased to partner again with our Vancouver area alumni volunteers to host this annual alumni gathering on Thursday, May 23, 2013. Details to come.

Calgary, May 24, 2013 UNB Calgary Alumni Annual Maritime Surf n’ Turf Dinner

The UNB Alumni Calgary chapter invites you to a Maritime surf n’ turf dinner, so mark Friday, May 24, 2013 on your calendar! Details to come.

Edmonton, May 25, 2013 12th Annual UNB Alumni Lobster Dinner and Maritime Kitchen Party

The UNB Edmonton chapter is pleased to announce May 25, 2013 as the date of the 12th annual UNB alumni lobster dinner and Maritime kitchen party. Details to come.

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A short trip goes a long way for Dr. Holly Campbell career has led her to trek across the country from Saint John to Fredericton, Halifax, Vancouver, Kingston, Oshawa and back again. That’s about 12,000 kilometres travelled for the radiation oncologist. However, it was one of the shortest trips – 113 km to be exact – that had one of the biggest impacts and led to her desire to give back to UNB through an estate gift. Upon graduating from Saint John High School as Valedictorian in 1987, she was the recipient of the Lord Beaverbrook Scholarship at UNB and enrolled in the fall of ‘87 in the Bachelor of Science program. Dr. Holly Campbell (BSc ‘91).

“The value of the scholarship allowed me to not only attend university, but move to a new city,” Holly said of leaving her Saint John home to study on the Fredericton campus. “I very much enjoyed living on campus. Security, proximity and meals were taken care of and all I had to worry about was my studies.” Holly said she never considered pursuing a medical degree before coming to UNB, but that changed after her time on campus. She said the student-centred atmosphere and the many approachable and engaged professors opened her eyes to various career possibilities. “I came to UNB interested in science, but the idea of pursuing a medical degree was very much influenced by the friends I met and my professors at UNB,” she said. After stints working in Vancouver and various parts of Ontario, she returned to Saint John in 2009 as a Radiation Oncologist at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Since her time at UNB, Holly has had many great moments in her life from receiving her medical degree, her Royal College Fellowship in Radiation Oncology, beginning her career, seeing the country and, most importantly, her husband and two children. Through it all, she has remained grateful to UNB for broadening her horizons. Because of this, she wanted to do the same for other students, hence the reason she decided to leave a bequest to the university in her will. “I felt strongly about setting up an estate gift for UNB as a way to express my gratitude and appreciation for the opportunities the university provided me,” she said. “I think people gain so much from university and not just in terms of academics, but living away from home, becoming more self-sufficient and being exposed to different viewpoints.” Holly hopes her gift will inspire generations of future students to take their own journey, starting with the initial trip to UNB.



Many students only get to realize their dreams and potential because a thoughtful alumnus/alumna or friend included a gift to UNB’s students in their will.

At UNB, our goal is to ensure that qualified students, regardless of their means or their background, have the opportunity to pursue an education. For many, going to university is a life-changing experience that gives them the confidence and knowledge to follow their dreams. We also strive to attract and retain the bright minds of each generation, setting the stage for tomorrow’s leaders. Your estate gift has the power to transform individual lives and our communities. For more information or to help us ensure your wishes are fulfilled, contact: Mr. Kim Anderson, Manager of Estate Gifts (506) 453-4524


Ms. Marion Williams, Sr. Development Officer (506) 648-5989


Past Alumni Events May 15, 2012 KETCHUM AWARDS

Members of the Ketchum Medal Winners’ Club gathered at Government House, Fredericton. Left to right, back row: Allan Fiander (BScCE’69), Charles Holder (BScCE’71), Allan Golding (BScCE ’66), Kenneth Amos (BSc.CE ’83, MScCE ’85); second row from top: Benjamin McGuigan (BScCE’05, PhDCE’10), Peter Allaby (BScCE’04), Neil Coy (BScCE’58), Jonathan Lewis (BScCE’07, MScCE’09), Brent Fillmore (BScCE’77); middle row: Carl Flynn (BScCE’62), Paul Morrison (BScCE’74, MScCE’78), Lindsay MacKenzie (BScCE’01); second row from the bottom: Peter Bryden (BScCE’91, MScCE’94), Dale Bray (BScCE’63, MScCE’65), Martina Hildebrand (BScCE’02), Justin McDonald (BScCE’12), Stephenson Wheatley (BScCE’67); front row: Thomas O’Neil (BScCE’72), Daniel Scott (BScCE’08), Albert Stevens (BScCE’47, MScCE’57), Karen Robichaud (BScCE’88, MScCE’93, MBA’08).

A meeting of the Ketchum Medal Winners’ Club was held at Government House in Fredericton on May 15. The Ketchum Silver Medal is awarded to the student with the highest standing in the senior year of the civil engineering program at UNB. The medal was established in 1897 in memory of Henry G. C. Ketchum, a well known railway engineer who conceived of the idea and developed the plans for the Chignecto Ship Railway to transport ships from the Bay of Fundy to the Northumberland Strait. About two-thirds of the project was completed before funding was cut in 1897. Henry Ketchum was awarded the first UNB diploma in engineering in 1862.

Photograph by Stephenson Wheatley (BScCE’67, Ketchum Medal’67)- Submitted

He died in Amherst, NS in 1896. The winners of the Ketchum Silver Medal meet once every five years. The 21 winners present at the 2012 meeting are shown in the photograph, including the 2012 winner Justin McDonald. Submitted by Dale Bray, Secretary of the Ketchum Medal Winners’ Club.

Left to right: Jason Brennan Current UNB Student, Sarah Olsen (BRSS ‘10, BEd ‘11), Stephanie Lord (BA ‘10, BEd ‘11), Aiden Dewhirst (Current UNB Student)

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June 7, 2012 OTTAWA The 6th annual Atlantic university pub night in Ottawa was held Thursday, June 7 at Hooleys on Elgin. FALL 2012 • UNB ALUMNI NEWS • 35

June 16, 2012 SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO ANNUAL BARBECUE. On Saturday, June 16 the Southwestern Ontario chapter of UNB Alumni got together for a barbecue at the Officers’ Mess in London, ON. This alumni gathering is held each June with the chapter organizing a number of other events throughout the year.

July 12, 2012 CALGARY Calgary Young Alumni gathered at the BMO Centre on July 12 for a reception on their way to the Stampede. The turnout was terrific with great company at a wonderful venue (on the Stampede grounds). Some lucky folks even received park admission tickets compliments of the UNB Associated Alumni. If you’re in the Calgary area and missed this get-together, don’t worry, it’s an annual event and we’ll be back in 2013!

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Left to right: Carol Loughrey, Karina Leblanc, Dr. Shelley Rinehart

On April 19 the UNB Associated Alumnae held its annual luncheon at UNB’s Great Hall with Karina Leblanc, executive director of the Pond-Deshpande Centre, as special guest speaker.

Left to right back row: Karen Taylor (BA ’72, MPA ’88), Carol Loughrey (BBA ’70); middle row:  Catherine Sutherland (BA ’78, BBA ’94), Mardi Cockburn (BA ’52). Althea Macaulay (BA ’39), Mary Ellen McKinney (BBA ’77, BN ’00), Bonnie Murray (BA ’78); front row:  Marion Leaman (BA ’66, BEd ’78, MEd ’83).  Absent:  Marti-Lou Neill (BA ’69).

A group shot of alumnae presidents including Karen Taylor, our newest, taken at the spring meeting on May 2.

UNB alumni Jarrett Fraser (BBA’06, BScGGE’13) and Shawn Amos (BBA’09) traveled throughout Europe this April. While in Spain they took in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League match between the Chelsea and Barcelona football clubs. Here they are pre-game at Camp Nou, Barcelona’s 99,354 capacity soccer venue.


Left to right front row: Nancy Cook (CFR ‘85), Ann Perry (MED ‘83), Betty Lee, Thelma Innes (M.Ed.’92), Laurel Boone (PhD’81), Marg Fanjoy (B.Ed.’63); second row: Pam Duncan (B.Ed.’84), Lois Walker, Dianne Beaufoy (BN’68), Patricia Drummond (B.Ed.’76) , Ed Mullaly (MA’66, PhD.Eng.’70); third row: David Innes (BScCE’69), Ekkehard Bohme (PhD.’65), Amanda McGathey (current student), Bernie Hogan (BBA’77), Steve Beaufoy (BSF ‘68, MSF ‘72), Jim Myles (BA ‘68, BED ‘72).

In early May a group of mainly Maritimers went on the Russian Waterways expedition under the guidance of Travel Myles. This photo was taken on the Baltic Waterway between Moscow and St. Petersburg.

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SCHOLARSHIPS Joyce E. Baker Memorial Bursary Field: Science Value: $5,000 Number: 1 Duration: 1 year Conditions: Awarded on the basis of financial need to a Fredericton campus student with a spouse. The recipient has completed at least the minimum requirements for the first year of the Bachelor of Science degree program and has demonstrated successful academic performance. Donor: William J. Baker (BSc’57)

Ted & Betty Bedard Bursary Field: Unrestricted Value: Variable Number: 1 Duration: 1 year Conditions: Awarded on the basis of financial need to a Fredericton campus student who has completed at least the minimum requirements for the second year of an undergraduate degree program. The recipient must be a New Brunswick resident, according to the definition of the Provincial Government´s Student Financial Services Guidelines, with preference given to a student from Fredericton, Riverview, Saint John, Sussex or St. Stephen. Preference will also be given to a student who has demonstrated leadership and/or civic responsibility through participation in campus organizations, student government, community volunteer organizations or campus athletic activities. Donor: Family and friends of the late J. Robert “Ted” Bedard (BSF’49) and Elizabeth A. “Betty” Bedard (BA’48) and the New Brunswick University Opportunities Fund.

Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology Prize Field: Nursing Value: $250 Number: 1 Duration: 1 year Conditions: A $250 prize to be awarded annually on the recommendation of the Faculty of Nursing to a full-time BN student at the Moncton site. The recipient is selected on the basis of academic achievement and demonstrated excellence in oncology. Donor: Moncton chapter of the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology 38 • FALL 2012 • UNB ALUMNI NEWS

Dr. Douglas G. Baird Scholarship Field: Science Value: $1,000 Number: 1 Duration: 1 year Conditions: Awarded to a Fredericton campus student who is beginning the Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree program directly from high school. Selection is based on academic achievement and financial need. Donor: Dr. Douglas G. Baird (BA’64)

Centennial Scholarship in Forest Engineering Field: Forest Engineering Value: Variable Number: 1 or more Duration: 1 year Conditions: Awarded to students who have completed at least the minimum requirements for the first year of the Bachelor of Science in Forest Engineering. Selection is based on academic achievement. Donor: Alumni and Friends of the Faculty of Forestry & Environmental Management

Centennial Scholarship in Forestry Field: Forestry Value: Variable Number: 1 or more Duration: 1 year Conditions: Awarded to students who have completed at least the minimum requirements for the first year of the Bachelor of Science in Forestry. Selection is based on academic achievement. Donor: Alumni and Friends of the Faculty of Forestry & Environmental Management

Allan Donaldson Scholarship Field: Unrestricted Value: $10,000 Number: 1 Duration: 4 years Conditions: Awarded to a Fredericton campus student who is beginning an undergraduate degree program directly upon graduation from Woodstock High School. Selection is made on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. In the event that there is no eligible candidate from Woodstock

High School, a candidate may be chosen from Carleton County or failing that from Victoria County.

Jackson Hanson Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Allan Donaldson (Class of 1950) and the New Brunswick University Opportunities Fund.

Field: Education Value: $1,000 Number: 1 Duration: 1 year

Emmerson Family Scholarship Field: Unrestricted Value: $2,000 Number: 2 Duration: 1 year Conditions: Awarded to students who are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at the University of New Brunswick and are residents of Cumberland County, Nova Scotia or either Westmorland or St. John County, New Brunswick. Selection is based on scholastic attainment. Donor: PolyCello

Forging Our Futures Law Awards Field: Law Value: Variable Number: 1 or more Duration: 1 year Conditions: Since 2005 graduates and friends of the Law Faculty have contributed to this fund to enhance student financial support. From this fund the faculty makes awards to students in all years. Awards are made on the basis of academic merit.  All eligible students are considered automatically. Donor: Graduates and friends of the Law Faculty

Tom & Lisa Gribbons Bursary Field: Unrestricted Value: $1,000 Number: 1 or more Duration: 1 year

Conditions: Awarded on the basis of financial need to a full-time Saint John campus student residing in Greater Saint John who is enrolled in an undergraduate degree program and has demonstrated successful academic performance. The recipient must be a New Brunswick resident, according to the definition of the Provincial government’s Student Financial Services Guidelines.

Conditions: Awarded to a Fredericton campus student enrolled in the Bachelor of Education degree program. Selection will be based on academic achievement. Donor: Family and friends of the late Jackson Hanson.

Brian McLatchie Bursary

Field: Unrestricted Value: $2,500 Number: 1 Duration: 4 years Conditions: Awarded on the basis of financial need to a Fredericton campus student who is a graduate of a New Brunswick high school and is beginning an undergraduate degree program. The recipient must demonstrate successful academic performance. Donor: Brian McLatchie (BA’64, MA’69) and the New Brunswick University Opportunities Fund

Linda Sales Memorial Bursary Field: Education or Computer Science Value: $500 Number: 1 Duration: 1 year Conditions: Awarded on the basis of financial need to a Fredericton campus student who is facing significant personal challenges. Preference will be given to a female student who is a single parent. The recipient must demonstrate successful academic performance and be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in the Faculty of Education or the Faculty of Computer Science. Donor: Friends and family of Linda Sales

Donor: Tom & Lisa Gribbons and the New Brunswick University Opportunities Fund


HITHER AND YON ’54 Noel J. Gaspar (BSc, PhD ’58) and Kenneth N. Walker (BSc CE ’55), both of Sarnia, On., and their wives recently joined a trip to the United Kingdom with the Universal Naval Training Division (UNTD) Association of Canada. Noel and Ken were UNTD cadets at UNB in 1952-54. A group of about 70, all ex-cadets and naval officers from the UNTD’s in the 50’ and 60’s, and their companions met in New York and boarded the Queen Mary 2 for a North Atlantic crossing to Southampton. It was a bit more relaxing than the last time Ken and Noel crossed the North Atlantic in 1952 in a frigate and destroyer, respectively. Ken and Noel visited university naval reserve units at Oxford University and London universities while others travelled to universities in Cardiff, Bristol, Nottingham and Brighton. The group also attended a welcoming reception from the RN and RCN at the Naval Club in Mayfair where the luncheon speaker was ex-cadet and now writer and columnist Gwynne Dyer. A report on the findings of the group from the investigation of the British URNU’s is being compiled for submission to the government with recommendations for re-establishing a reserve military programme in Canadian universities. Franklin O. Leger, Q.C. (BCL) of Saint John, NB was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. ’58 Allison Trites (BA) of Wolfville, NS was awarded a Doctor of Divinity at Acadia University. He has made a lasting contribution to the Wolfville and Acadia communities through his ministry and teaching. In the span of his 37-year career in Acadia’s Faculty of Theology, Allison has published works, been a visiting lecturer, and was a leader of the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches. ’59 W. Steve Vaughan (BSc, BCL ’65) of Toronto, ON, was named one of Canada’s leading corporate lawyers by Lexpert, the country’s leading source of news and information about the business of law. A former 40 • FALL 2012 • UNB ALUMNI NEWS

FREDERICTON geologist, Steve’s legal practice embraces the mining, oil and gas, geothermal, coal bed methane and nuclear industries. ’62 Derek Oland (BBA, DSc ’98) of Saint John, NB has been appointed to the board of directors of the New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation. The corporation consists of a 22-member board of directors representing government, business, community non-profit organizations and people who have experienced poverty. It oversees and co-ordinates implementation of Overcoming Poverty Together: The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan. ’64 John Archibald (BSF) of Fredericton, NB was the recipient of the Longard Award recognizing individual commitment to volunteer programs dedicated to environmental protection and sustainability of natural resources. Michael O. Nowlan (BEd, MEd ’86) of Oromocto, NB has been appointed by Canada Post to a three-year term on Canada’s Stamp Advisory Committee. The committee is a volunteer board with participants from across the country who bring their specialized knowledge, opinions and backgrounds to make recommendations that will shape Canada’s stamp program, ensuring it’s relevant and representative of all Canadians. Sister Angela A. Martz (BA, BEd ’67) of Saint John, NB was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. ’65 Rod Bryden (BCL) of Ottawa, ON has started a pair of new ventures in the clean technology sector. Plasco Energy Group Inc. and Clearford Industries Inc. are his newest endeavours after leaving his mark on other industries through his time as a former NHL team owner, high-tech pioneer, law professor and government bureaucrat.

Arthur L. Pottle (BEd, MEd ’70) of Saint John, NB was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. ’66 Bob Kenny, Q.C. (BA, BCL ’68) of Fredericton, NB was honoured by his hometown. The City of Fredericton proclaimed May 8 as Bob Kenny Day. The honour is to recognize the philanthropic work done by Bob in the community. Jacob H. Masliyah, O.C. (MSc) of Edmonton, AB was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. ’67 Dianne Morrow (Hicks, BA) of West Covehead, PE and her husband Andy Morrow (BA ’70) will celebrate their 40th anniversary in Australia this year. The reason for the locale is due to Dianne being chosen as writer-in-residence for the Island-toIsland Residency Program in Hobart, Tasmania. She will give writing workshops and public readings from her recently launched book, What Really Happened Is This: A Poetry Memoir, as well as work on her own new writing. Douglas Stanley, Q.C. (BBA, LLB ’71) of Rothesay, NB was the assigned arbitrator for talks between Air Canada and the unions representing its pilots, mechanics and ground crews. Doug was appointed by Federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt. He’s the former chief executive of WorkSafe New Brunswick. ’68 Jane Drover (Stafford, BPE) of Sackville, NB received the Award of Honour from the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS), the association’s top honour, at its annual conference in St. Catharines, ON. She was also awarded the Canadian Association of Disability Service Providers in Postsecondary Education Professional Leadership Award. It recognizes a member who has shown exceptional leadership or made a contribution that has enhanced the quality of life for students with disabilities.

’70 Don Hustins (BSF, MSF ’72) of St. John’s, NL was presented with the T.B. ‘Happy’ Fraser award from the Atlantic Salmon Federation, its top Canadian conservation award, for his work in restoring salmon populations, establishing conservation-oriented regulations for the recreational fishery and promoting live release. Raj V.S.V. Rajan (PhD) of Sherwood Park, AB was awarded a Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE) Award for his contribution in Science and Technology. As a professional engineer and researcher at the Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, Raj is well known in his field and takes the time to mentor junior colleagues and students. Through his involvement in various committees and other volunteer positions, Raj has inspired youth to explore careers in science and technology. Marg Stocker (BT) of Fredericton, NB and Rick Stocker (BT ’71, BEd ’77) were inducted into the Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame during its 21st annual induction ceremony. The couple were honoured for their time spent as officials for track and field and cross-country. Rick began his officiating and coaching career in 1966 followed by Marg in 1969. ’72 Stephen A. Chase (BA, LLB ’78) of Fredericton, NB was elected to Fredericton City Council representing Ward 9. This is his second term on council. Peter Spurway (BPE) of Lawrencetown, NS has been named chair of the board of directors of the Greater Halifax Partnership, the city’s economic development agency, for a two-year term. A resident of Halifax since 1981, Peter is currently a vice-president with the Halifax International Airport Authority. ’74 Forrest Orser (BA) of Fredericton, NB has accepted a buyout from The Daily Gleaner after more than 33 years as a reporter and editor. He is now available for work as a writer or editor. He continues to write and his short story, “Wild Horses on an Island,” appeared in the Summer 2011 edition of The Fiddlehead. His short story, “Soap and Sex,” appeared in

the Soliloquies Anthology, published at Concordia University. he can be contacted at Michael Shouldice (BA) of Rankin Inlet, NU was appointed president of Nunavut Arctic College. Michael had been serving as the interim president for the past year. ’76 Hugh J. (Ted) Flemming (BA, LLB ’78) of Rothesay, NB was elected to the New Brunswick Legislature as the MLA for the riding of Rothesay. ’77 Carole Estabrooks (BN) of Edmonton, AB has been awarded a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation at the University of Alberta, where she is a professor in the Faculty of Nursing. Her research is conducted primarily in the residential long-term care sector. Murray Jamer (BSc CE) of Fredericton, NB has been named assistant chief administrative officer for the City of Fredericton. Murray has held several positions with the city, most recently as its director of engineering and public works. ’78 Corina Bolo (Tautz, BEd) of Alberton, PE recently retired after a 33-year teaching career in western PE. She follows her husband Peter (BEd ’77) who retired a year ago after 34 years as a teacher. The couple look forward to travelling, volunteering and spending time with their two grandsons. George H. LeBlanc (BBA, LLB ’84) of Moncton, NB was elected mayor of the City of Moncton. This will be his second term as mayor after serving as a city councillor for nine years. Michael McKee (LLB) of Moncton, NB, a provincial court judge, received an honourary doctor of laws from St. Thomas University during its Spring Convocation. Chris McKenna (BEd) of Fort Kent, AB would like to announce “to all old friends...Kelly, Pinky and I just concluded our second annual golf extravaganza and it was great to see them. Pinky and I have put on a few and Kelly just looks old. Please feel free to email and let me know how everyone is doing. I am still coaching

football and I now have a grandson!” Brenda Millar (BEd) of Charlottetown, PE has been appointed as leader of student services at PEI’s Eastern School District. ’79 William (Bill) MacKenzie (BEd) of St. John’s, NL has been appointed senior advisor to the Minister of Service NL to work on the development of regulations related to procurement. Christopher O’Brien (BSc) of Saint John, NB was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. ’80 Joan Blake-Savoie (BEd) of Stittsville, ON was awarded the 2012 Capital Educators’ Award at the EduGala at Algonquin College on May 17, 2012. Joan lives in Stittsville with her husband Michel Savoie (BSc EE ’77, MSc EE ’82). George Estey (BSc ME) of Toronto, ON joined Evercore, an independent investment banking advisory firm, as senior managing director and head of Canadian operations. Peter Fullerton (BEd) of Hillsborough, NB has been elected vice-president/president-elect of the New Brunswick Teachers Association. He became vice-president on Aug. 1, 2012 and will become president on Aug. 1, 2013 for the school years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. Clair Gautreau (Kiervin, BEd, D-AUS ’90) of Saint John, NB retired from Morna Heights School in Saint John in June, 2010. Since her retirement, Clair has been relaxing, hiking, reading for pleasure, spending more time on PE, skating (including on the Rideau Canal), taking in the Quebec Winter Carnival, and doing lots more travelling - including a trip to Europe at the end of May. She is thoroughly enjoying retirement and advises everyone to do it as soon as possible. Peter Kilburn (BSc CE, MSc CE ’82) of Edmonton, AB retired after 30 years with the Alberta Ministry of Transportation. Peter says he’s “Enjoying Freedom 53.” ’82 Suzanne Crawford (LLB) of Westmount, QC has been appointed FALL 2012 • UNB ALUMNI NEWS • 41

chair of Mount Allison University’s Board of Regents, the group vested with the governance and fiduciary responsibility for the university. Joanne MacLean (BPE, MPE ’84) of St. Catharines, ON has joined the University of the Fraser Valley as the dean of the new Faculty of Health Sciences. Joanne will be heading up a new faculty created by bringing the kinesiology and physical education departments together with programs in nursing, practical nursing, dental assisting, dental hygiene, and health care assistant. ’83 Kenneth L. Oliver (LLB) of Fredericton, NB has been appointed a provincial court judge. Kenneth will have his gavel in hand while presiding over matters at the provincial courthouse in Burton, NB. ’84 Geoff Machum, Q.C. (LLB) of Halifax, NS has been appointed chair of the Halifax Port Authority board of directors. Geoff has served on the board since 2006 and as a partner with Stewart McKelvey’s Halifax office. C. Paul W. Smith (BSc, LLB ’87) of Rothesay, NB was named one of Canada’s leading corporate lawyers by Lexpert, the country’s leading source of news and information about the business of law. ’85 Leanne Fitch (BA, MA ’95) of Estey’s Bridge, NB has been appointed acting chief of police of the Fredericton Police Force. Leanne had previously served as deputy chief. Her appointment started July 1. Jeff Hussey (BSc) of Murdochville, QC has joined Starcore International Mines’ technical advisory board. ’86 Ron Taweel (BPE) of Summerside, PE has been appointed leader of school effectiveness at PEI’s Eastern School District. ’87 Paul Antle (MSc CHE) of St. John’s, NL was recently named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEO’s for 2012 by Atlantic Business Magazine. Paul is president and CEO of Pluto 42 • FALL 2012 • UNB ALUMNI NEWS

Investments Inc. based in St. John’s. He’s been one of the most recognized leaders in the Canadian environmental and waste management industries beginning in 1988 with the founding of the SCC Environmental Group in Newfoundland. Roger Shannon (BBA) of New Maryland, NB has been hired by the Moncton Wildcats as their new assistant general manager and director of scouting. Roger spent this past season as assistant general manager and director of Atlantic scouting for the 2012 Memorial Cup champion Shawinigan Cataractes. ’88 Linda Beairsto (LLB) of Oakville, ON has joined Algonquin Power and Utilities Corporation as chief general counsel and corporate secretary. Reuben Cohen, C.C., O.N.B., Q.C. (LLD) of Moncton, NB was honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. D. Troy Sweet (LLB) of Moncton, NB has been appointed a provincial court judge and will be presiding over matters at the provincial court in Moncton. ’89 Paul Noble (LLB) of St. John’s, NL has been named the new assistant secretary to Cabinet (Social Policy) with the Executive Council by the government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Paul moves to the position after having served as assistant deputy minister (Public Safety and Enforcement) with the Department of Justice. ’90 David Henley (BBA, LLB ’00) of Dartmouth, NS has been promoted to Brigadier-General in the Canadian Forces Reserves and appointed Deputy Commander for Land Forces Atlantic Area. Land Force Atlantic Area is responsible for all Army regular and reserve forces in Atlantic Canada, representing approximately 7,000 personnel. ’91 Cheryl Hodder, Q.C. (LLB) of Halifax, NS recently received the ICD.D. certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors, upon successful completion of the Directors Education Program. Cheryl is listed in

Best Lawyers in Canada and is well known for her practice focusing on corporate governance. ’92 Susan Borsic-Drummond (BA, MA ’95, LLB ’98) of Calgary, AB recently accepted the position of case management counsel at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary. Gregory K. Ericson (BA) of Fredericton, NB was elected to Fredericton City Council representing Ward 8. Kathryn A. Rogers (BA, MA ’95) of Fredericton, NB was elected to Fredericton City Council representing Ward 11. ’93 Emily Bryant, O.P.E.I (BN) of Cornwall, PE received the Order of Prince Edward Island. The honour recognizes Islanders who have shown individual excellence or outstanding leadership in their community and in their chosen occupation or profession. Matthew Hayes (BSc ME, LLB ’96) of Quispamsis, NB has been inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers. Adrian Smith (MEd) of Cornwall, PE was appointed the director of student services at PEI’s Eastern School District. ’94 Paul Carter (BScF, MScF ’98) of St. John’s, NL has been appointed assistant deputy minister (Royalties and Benefits) in the Department of Natural Resources by the government of Newfoundland and Labrador. He previously served as executive director (Iron Ore Industry) of the Department of Natural Resources. Tracey DeWare (LLB) of Moncton, NB has been appointed a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick presiding in Campbellton. Chris Irwin (LLB) of Toronto, ON has agreed to serve as a director of Zoolander. Chris is a partner with Irwin Lowy LLP, a law firm that provides legal services primarily to natural resource issuers. Don Scott (BA, LLB ’97) of Fort McMurray, AB was elected on April 23 as the MLA for Fort McMurray-

Conklin. Appointed by Premier Alison Redford as the province’s first associate minister of Accountability, Transparency and Transformation, he now reports directly to Service Alberta Minister Manmeet Bhullar. Elsie Wayne (DLitt) of Saint John, NB was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. ’96 Andrew Van Wart (BSc ME, D-TME ’05) of Edina, MN has earned a Master of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He completed a concentration in medical industry leadership in the part-time MBA program while working full-time at St. Jude Medical. Andrew lives in Edina with his wife Susy and their three kids, Anna, Marina and Aidan. ’98 Michelle Horncastle (MASRA) of New Maryland, NB recently completed a three-year appointment as chairperson of the Premier’s Council on the Status of Disabled Persons. Walter Daniel Parsons (BSc ECE) of St. John’s, NL has been appointed executive director of the iron ore industry with the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Natural Resources. Varsity Reds, The 1997-98 National Champion UNB Varsity Reds men’s hockey team was inducted into the Fredericton Sports Hall of Fame. ’99 Gregory J. Norton (BA, BEd ’03, MEd ’09) of Saint John, NB was recently elected to Saint John Common Council representing Ward 1. Stacy Ryan (LLB) of Happy ValleyGoose Bay, NL has been appointed to the College of the North Atlantic’s board of governors. ’01 Jamie Heap (BEd) of River Hebert, NS received the Cumberland County Barristers’ Association Bursary which “is awarded to the Paralegal Services student who excels in their program of study and who demonstrates the acquisition of skills, knowledge and attitude necessary to succeed in their chosen profession.” Jamie will attain his DPS in June of 2013.

’02 Erin Breen (LLB) of St. John’s, NL has been appointed to the board of directors of Nalcor Energy and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. Erin is an active community member, volunteers with the MacMorran Community Centre in St. John’s and is a partner with the law firm of Simmonds and Partners Defence. Cindy Cameron (LLB) of Wellington Station, PE has been appointed an associate lawyer with Cox and Palmer in Summerside. Cindy is returning to her home province after practicing in Ontario, where her focus was on administrative law. She will now expand her practice to include litigation, family law and criminal law. Stephanie (McLennan, BAS) and Luc Sirois (BCS ’06) of Saint John, NB are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, Erica Heidi Sirois, on March 19, 2012. Jason Rideout, C.A. (BBA) of Old Ridge, NB received his TEP (Trust and Estate Practitioner) designation in February. He received the highest mark in Canada on the Trust and Estate Planning course. Jason is a partner at the accounting firm of Archambault, Neathway and Rideout in St. Stephen. Dave (BSc CHE) and Darrah Tracey of Killarney, NB are happy to announce the birth of their second child, Evan Joseph Tracey, on May 28, 2012. Dave currently serves as director of product applications at LuminUltra Technologies Ltd. in Fredericton while Darrah is employed by UNB in the U First Student Recruitment department. ’03 Craig Davidson (MA) of St. Catharines, ON had his UNB thesis adapted into a major motion picture titled “Rust and Bone.” The film was featured at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Daniel O’Brien, C.M., O.N.B. (DLitt) of Chester Basin, NS has been appointed president of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He will act as president for one year. ’05 Jeffery Cormier (LLB) of Dartmouth, NS has returned to McInnes Cooper and their

Summerside, PE office. Alicia Love (LLB) of Saint John, NB was nominated by the Canadian Red Cross for an Outstanding Volunteer Fundraising philanthropy award. Craig Noonan (BKIN) of Prince George, BC was named interim executive director of PacificSport Northern BC. PacificSport provides innovative services and programs to athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers of northern BC. ’06 Erik Homenick (BBA) of Sussex, NB has joined the firm Stewart McKelvey as an associate. David Malleson (BA) of Enfield, UK was recently appointed as Canada desk officer for the UK Defence and Security Organisation, a government agency which manages defence exports worldwide. “Looking forward to using my UNB experience in the role. Be delighted to hear from any UNB History ’06 classmates as well.” ’07 Leah R. Levac (MPHIL, PhD ’11) of Fredericton, NB was elected to Fredericton City Council representing Ward 10. ’08 Kaitlyn Angus (BBA, LLB ’11) of Charlottetown, PE is eager to demonstrate her dedication to the success of the clients of McInnes Cooper and to the practice of law. She joins a team of more than 200 lawyers working from seven offices across the region. Katie (Robinson, BBA) and Chris Bursey (BCS ‘09) of Woodstock, NB were married on June 2, 2012 in Fredericton. Katie is an eMarketing coordinator at SABIAN Ltd., in Meductic, NB and Chris is a senior developer for global agricultural systems at McCain Foods in Florenceville-Bristol, NB. Jon Lutes (BA, BCS, LLB ’11) of Moncton, NB has joined Cox & Palmer’s Moncton office. Jon conducts a general legal practice. ’09 Nancy E. Grant (DSc) of Saint John, NB was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.


’10 Jacob Kilpatrick (BSc CE, DTME ’11) of Saint John, NB, who spent five seasons playing volleyball with the Varsity Reds, is part of the 21-man Volleyball Canada national B team for the 2012 season. Kumaran Thillainadarajah (D-TME) of Fredericton, NB is CEO of Smart Skin, a firm that developed ‘smart’ golf clubs. The Fredericton company believes the clubs will show players how to improve their game. ’11 Danielle Duchene (LLB) of Glovertown, NL, joined the firm Stewart McKelvey as an associate. Claire Gillivan (LLB) of Halifax, NS has joined the firm Stewart McKelvey as an associate. Jonathan Harty (BBA) of Fredericton, NB signed to play hockey with Ducs d’Angers of France’s Ligue Magnus. Thomas Keeler (LLB) of Souris, PE has joined the McInnes Cooper law firm. Eric MacRae (LLB) of Halifax, NS has joined the firm Stewart McKelvey as an associate. James McConnell (LLB) of Moncton, NB is a new associate with Cox & Palmer to the litigation, corporate and commercial practice groups. Jamie was the recipient of various academic awards while studying law at UNB. Hasan Naqvi (LLB) of Halifax, NS, has been appointed as an associate to McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office. Ellen Oakes (LLB) of Fredericton, NB has joined the firm Stewart McKelvey as an associate. Ian Parker (LLB) of Charlottetown, PE, has joined the firm Stewart McKelvey as an associate. Steven Pearce (LLB) of Fredericton, NB has been a summer and articling student with the Cox & Palmer Fredericton office and will continue to grow his client relationships while working with the firm’s corporate and commercial team as well as its financial services, banking and insolvency team. Chad Sullivan (LLB) of Fredericton, NB has joined the firm Stewart McKelvey as an associate. Stephanie Tiller (LLB) of Mount Pearl, NL has joined the firm Stewart McKelvey as an associate. Glenn B. Cooke (DSc) of Saint John, NB was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. ’12 Barbara MacGibbon (MEd) of Toronto, ON, at 61 is going to Haiti as a part of the Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Work Project. She hopes her story will inspire her fellow graduates to reach out and help others.


Susan McAdam (BA) of Fredericton, NB wrote a paper on Ella Hatheway and Frank Hatheway which prompted a change to Saint John’s Labour Exhibition Centre. Previously known as the W. Franklin Hatheway Labour Exhibit, it is now the Frank and Ella Hatheway Labour Exhibit as McAdam’s paper revealed Ella’s prominent role in the Saint John Women’s Enfranchisement Association.

In Memoriam Ronald Thomas (BScCE ’32), Ottawa, ON Frederick Crowe (BScEE ’34, SJ), Pickering, ON Darrell (Dag) Munro (BSc ’41), Sainte-Agathe-Des-Monts, QC Barbara Robinson-Watson (Class of ’42), Halifax, NS Howard McFarlane (BScCE ’43), Fredericton, NB Elizabeth (Beth) Baird (Dougherty) (BA ’45) North Saanich, BC Clarence (Mac) MacDougall (BScEE ’45), Mount Hope, ON Robert Lynch (BScCE ’47), Fredericton, NB John (Jack) Morrison (BA ’47) Fredericton, NB Ann Tessier (Gibson) (BSc ’48) Lakewood, WA George (Tommy) Carter (BScEE ’49), Grand Falls, NF Hugh Goodman (BScF ’49, MScF ’51) Quesnel, QC Laura MacMillan (Class of ’49), Fredericton, NB Gordon Robb (BScF ’49), Winnipeg, MB Darrell Fewer (BSc ’50), Orleans, ON David Henderson (BSc ’50, MSc ’52, PhD ’55), Mississauga, ON Victor Robichaud (Class of ’50), Moncton, NB Kenneth Lancaster (BScF ’52,), Wilton, ME James MacGillivray (BA ’52) Kitchener, ON Henry (Harry) Fairbairn (BA ’53, MA ’57), Fredericton, NB Charles (Peter) Atkinson (BScME ’55), London, ON Harold Jenken (Class of ’55), Niagara Falls, ON Aubrey George Ward (BSc ’56, BEd ’60), Halifax, NS Marven Blakely (BA ’58), Calgary, AB Frederick (Bill) Ryan (BSc ’58), Saint John, NB Wilfred Parker (Class of ’59), Toronto, ON Deborah Chapman (Class of ’60), Saint John, NB Jennie Lynch (MA ’62, BEd ’68), Oromocto, NB Marven Betts (BEd ’64), Woodstock, NB J. Geoffrey Greenough (BScCE ’65), Moncton, NB William McCann (BEd ’65, MEd ’72), Grand Bay-Westfield, NB Sidney Kenneth Woods (BScCE ’65) Stone Creek, ON Klaus Schwarz (MScSE ’67), Calgary, AB Ann Stone (BA, MEd ’80), Northampton, NB Nathan Kettle (BA ’69), St. John’s, NF James Otto (BA ’69), Truro, NS Gordon Richardson (MEd ’70, MCS ’83, MBA ’92), Riverview, NB Richard Costello (BBA ’72, LLB ’75), Rothesay, NB Brian Hitchcock (BScEE ’73), Fredericton, NB Audrey Leahy (BT ’73), Saint John, NB Paul Arsenault (LLB ’75), Moncton, NB Jean McFarlane (BA ’75, BEd ’76), Fredericton, NB Lynne Burnham (LLB ’76), Rothesay, NB Ruby Hope (BT ’76), Apohaqui, NB Thomas McBrearty (LLB ’76), Campbellton, NB Carolyn Layden-Stevenson (PD-ED ’78, MEd ’78, LLB ’84), Ottawa,ON Diana (Marilyn) Billings (BA ’80, BEd ’82), Central Hainesville, NB Michael MacKin (BSc ’80), Rothesay, NB Diane Maxwell (BEd ’82), Timberlea, NS Carol Downs (LLB ’86), Scotchtown, NB Jean Ella Jones (BEd ’86), Fredericton, NB Jacqueline Ward (Class of ’90), Bouctouche Reserve, NB Brian Gorman (C-BA ’93), Miramichi, NB Robin Becker (BSc ’94), Nepean, ON Wendi Voutour (BBA ’94, BCS ’00), Clifton, NJ Yvonne MacKay (Taylor) (BN ’97), Charlottetown, PE Craig Arsenault (BSc ’98), Ottawa, ON Full Obituaries Online at:


SAINT JOHN ’75 Debra J. Quartermain (BA) of Fredericton, in partnership with her brother Robert Quartermain (BSc ’77-F, DSc ’09-F) of Vancouver, has opened a heritage bed and breakfast at 92 Waterloo Row called Quartermain House which incorporates UNB’s history into its aesthetic. An internationally acclaimed designer, she encourages her fellow UNB alumni to stop by, have a look around or spend the night. If you have any questions she can be reached by email at William H. Teed, Q.C. (BBA, LLB ’78) was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. ’76 Gary Lawson (BBA, LLB ’79-F) of Rothesay, NB, a partner at the law firm Lawson Creamer, has received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. ’80 Judith Meinert-Thomas (BT, DAUS ’88) of Saint John, NB was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. ’83 Kerry McLellan (BBA) of Rothesay, NB, CEO of Kinek Technologies recently attended the Edison Awards where his company won silver in the New Retails Frontiers with KinekPoint. Kinek, along with Applepeak, were the only Canadian companies to win other than GM and P&G. The Edison Best New Product Awards are known around the world for recognizing and honoring innovation and excellence in the development, marketing and launch of new products and services.

The Silurians, founded in 1924, is an organization of veteran journalists dedicated to excellence and journalistic integrity. ’93 Ian Wetmore (BA) of O’Fallen, IL has left Canada after 16 years of ordained ministry in the Anglican Church in the Diocese of Fredericton. Having served parishes on the Miramichi and the Fredericton area, he is taking up duties in the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield, Illinois. This puts him much closer to parents and other family. ’95 Donald Moore (BSc) of Moncton, NB completed his MBA at the Université de Moncton in May. ’97 Mel K. Norton (BA, LLB ’99-F) of Saint John, NB was elected mayor of the City of Saint John. ’99 Cheri Armstrong (Holmes, BA, BEd ‘04-F) of Saint John, NB married Ross Armstrong of Cambridge, ON in Oranjestad, Aruba on April 4, 2012. The couple lives in Kitchener, ON. Cheri is a marketing writer with Intelligent Mechatronic Systems in Waterloo, ON, while Ross is an IT manager with ABS Friction in Guelph, ON. Donna Sears (MBA) of Wolfville, NS, has been appointed the director of the Atlantic Wine Institute to be housed at the Acadia Centre for Rural Innovation at Acadia University. Donna will build on her extensive work with Atlantic Canada’s wine industry, having presented research at regional, national, and international conferences.

’84 Shelley M. Rinehart (BA, MBA ’88-F) of Saint John, NB was elected to Saint John Common Council as a councillor at large.

’08 Kyle (Matt) Moore (BA) of St. Martins, NB was named general manager of the Fundy Civic Centre, the pool facility in Sussex.

’92 Michael McDonald (BA) of Boston, MA along with two other journalists of Bloomberg News, recently won a Society of the Silurians’ 2012 Excellence in Journalism Award in the business and financial category for “The Apocalypse That Never Happened.”

’09 Scott Walton (BBA) of Saint John, NB, founder of Enovex, won the award for Most Promising Start-up at the province’s 2012 KIRA awards. The awards honour innovative performers in the tech and knowledge sectors.

’12 Lorinda Porter (Myers, BAM) of Sussex, NB accepted a position with Prop2Go as its online marketing manager. Prop2Go is a web solutions website committed to assisting in providing an online presence for property owners and a user friendly web site for property and apartment seekers.

In Memoriam Saint John Joseph Masson (BBA ’76), Saint John, NB Donna White (BT ’78), Saint John, NB Kevin Ferren (BBA ’82), Waverley, NS James Inch (BBA ’86), Barrie, ON Stephen Dougherty (BA ’88), Saint John, NB Elizabeth Margaris (BA ‘90), Saint John, NB Susan Farris-Arsenault (MEd ‘93), Quispamsis, NB Full Obituaries Online at:

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UNB DIGEST UNB joins search for life on Mars

Spray, Elliott and Thompson team up with NASA Following a tense and delicate – yet ultimately successful – landing on Mars August 6, NASA’s Curiosity rover almost immediately began sending information back to Earth. On that early Monday morning, John Spray was at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, one of numerous scientists unable to contain his excitement. Having worked on the Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity’s official name) for the past several years, Spray was anxious to start analyzing the data. As the director of the University of New Brunswick’s Planetary and Space Science Centre, Spray is among those who believe that the truth behind Mars’ mysterious and potentially life-supporting past will finally be unearthed as a result of this mission. A planetary geologist by trade, Spray and his fellow researchers at UNB are responsible for one of the Mars rover’s key instruments - the Alpha Particle XRay Spectrometer (APXS). “The APXS instrument is positioned at the end of a two-metre long arm when extended,” says Spray, “and it is accompanied by a microscopic imager, which is akin to using a hand lens to look at things. The APXS can be used to determine the chemistry of the materials (dust, soils and rock) we are studying.” In addition to equipping the rover with the APXS Spectrometer, Spray and his UNB colleagues Beverley Elliott and Lucy Thompson will also study the geology of the site where the Rover landed – the 155 km-diameter, Gale impact crater. Spray, Elliott and Thompson will examine the geology of the site to figure out how and when the crater was formed, as well as helping to identify the materials it now contains. “The basal layers would have been formed first, and over time additional layers have accumulated to make a pile. Each one could represent a few million years in time. The rover is going to climb up these layers and study all the way back from early Martian time to the present,” adds Spray.



Over the next two years, Spray and scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, will analyze the data and look for evidence of environments that could have supported life. “The mission itself is to identify suitable habitats for life; so where life could have existed, such as lakes, rivers, and oceans.”

UNB’s Impact Heavily cratered, Mars’ geology is very different than Earth’s. With relatively few craters on Earth, there are also few experts. “We are one of the biggest groups in the world here (at UNB), so it is quite natural for us to be involved in planetary exploration missions, because most planets, unlike Earth, are heavily cratered,” says Spray. “Most geologists on Earth don’t know much about craters, but if you work on the moon, or with lunar rocks, or Martian rocks like we do, you are sought for that type of expertise. Both Beverley Elliott and Lucy Thompson trained at UNB as graduate students and that is how they are also involved – because of their planetary expertise.” As a proud UNB researcher and faculty member, Sprays believes that the Curiosity project is great opportunity to showcase smaller universities’ capacity to do big research. “You don’t necessarily have to be at the University of Toronto, or McGill or UBC to do good research. You can be at smaller universities like UNB which, quite frankly, punches above its weight in terms of cuttingedge research.”

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